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    Near-Gem 1883 Three Dollar
    Few Finer at Either Service

    1883 $3 MS64 NGC. The present-day scarcity of the 1883 three dollar gold, as with so many other issues in the series, starts with a meager mintage, in this case a sub-1,000 coinage of 900 pieces. Only two circulation strikes within the series, the 1881 and 1885 at 500 and 801 coins, respectively, saw lower productions. The estimates of survivors put forth by Bowers and PCGS CoinFacts are at huge variance: Bowers says 175 to 235 in his series reference, PCGS estimates 650. At any rate, Gems are seldom seen and rare, and the present near-Gem is one of 24 submissions at NGC (including one Prooflike), with seven finer at NGC and six at PCGS (2/12). The fields show the typical shimmering prooflike quality of such a low-mintage issue, intermixed with a slight cartwheel effect. The color is a deep, even orange-gold. A few small surface marks explain the grade but are unbothersome. A single small alloy spot appears on the lower reverse between the bowknot and the denticles.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 25N6, PCGS# 8005)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    April, 2012
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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